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Phenology is the study of the annual events in nature that are influenced by seasonal changes, such as the return of migrating birds and the peak of apple blossoming. Tune in as wildlife expert Stan Temple discusses phenology with radio host, Larry Meiller, on The Larry Meiller Show, a program of Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network.
Aldo Leopold, widely regarded as the father of wildlife ecology, monitored and recorded phenological events with his family around their famous “Shack” from 1936 until Leopold’s death in 1948. In 1976, his daughter, Nina Leopold Bradley, returned to the area with her husband, Charlie, and continued the tradition.
On the show, Temple will discuss the history and science of phenology, as well as how members of the public can start keeping their own phenological records. The Wisconsin Wildlife Phenology Calendar is a great tool with stunning images to guide observers in what to watch for throughout the year.
Find the calendar at the Aldo Leopold Foundation gift shop or online!
A University of Wisconsin emeritus professor and senior fellow with the Leopold Foundation, Temple held for 32 years the professorship once held by Leopold. He writes and speaks frequently about Leopold, wildlife ecology, and conservation. Contact him at ude.c1539730109siw@e1539730109lpmet1539730109as1539730109.